Prepare. Train. Deploy

CRI Academy is the online extension of Crisis Response International’s disaster relief and crisis response training and certification program. Our vision is to train and mobilize people just like you to crisis situations around the world to bring God's love and mercy where it's most needed.

Course 1 has been newly revised to be completed in 10 hours and is designed to impart the basic knowledge, values, and skills an individual needs to become a CRI Responder.
Prepare. Train. Deploy
Course 1 includes topics such as disaster chaplaincy skills, crisis ministry, disaster first-aid, personal preparedness, deployment protocol and much more. Most of all, you will learn how to meet the urgent practical needs as you minister in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Completing Course 1 in CRI academy qualifies you to become a CRI Responder, and as such, you are eligible to deploy with us to disasters and crisis situations domestic and abroad.

Learn More About Disaster Chaplaincy

We are offering Basic and Advanced Chaplaincy online courses with content from distinguished instructors. These courses are designed to equip you to minister in the context of crisis and start you on your way to becoming a CRI Chaplain if you so choose. Whether or not you become a CRI Chaplain, our Chaplaincy courses will equip you to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of those who have suffered from crisis and disaster.

It is important to note that taking our Basic and Advanced Chaplaincy online courses does not automatically make you a CRI Chaplain. For more detailed information about becoming a CRI Chaplain, please refer to CRI’s Chaplaincy requirements, positions, responsibilities and application process, Please read more here.

The Basic Chaplaincy Course includes a simple introduction to chaplaincy and crisis ministry, training in emotional and spiritual first aid using CRI's 7 step model, sessions on loss and grief, theology of suffering, self-care, and the importance of preparing your own heart for this work. The Basic training contains the material required for those interested in becoming a CRI Chaplain.

The Advanced Chaplaincy Course includes training from six different highly qualified instructors on subjects such as basic disaster chaplaincy, physiological first aid, stress, grief, theology of trauma, compassion fatigue, PTSD, healing prayer, self-care, and much more. It contains four times more information than the Basic section.

Regardless of if or how often you deploy with CRI, this online Academy will help you be much better equipped to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people in the midst of crisis and disaster anywhere you are.

CRI Academy online courses are designed for individual use only. For information about training for churches or use of CRI Academy for a small group please email

How it works

Participation in this course requires watching videos, taking notes and completing questions to advance forward. You will need to complete all the videos and answer all questions throughout each chapter. To proceed from one chapter to the next, click on the green button in the bottom right corner. Not every video has corresponding questions, but most do.

You’ll need to correctly answer 80% of the questions to earn a passing grade. If you answer a question incorrectly, just continue by clicking the green NEXT button and you will have an opportunity to re-answer the question at the end of the quiz if needed.

When you see the green checkmark next to the corresponding chapter in your navigation menu (located on the left-hand side of the screen), you’ll know you’ve completed it successfully.

You can work through the course at your own pace.

It's Time to Act

Do you want to be part of the solution and use your God-given talents and skill-set to bring relief? Now you can!

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